E. J. EmmonsFusion
Born: March 1, 1859 in Greytown, Nicaragua
Married: Margaret J. Wooden (in 1887)
Previous: Assistant District Attorney, Kern County (four years)
1897-1902: Member, Board of Commissioners for the Promotion of Uniformity of Legislation in the United States
1905: Expelled from the State Senate on February 27th.
- UNACKNOWLEDGED LATINO: This elected official was excluded from the list of "Previous Latino Members of the Legislature" by the Latino Legislative Caucus (Source) [accessed 6/1/2011]. This list has now been renamed "California Latino Legislative Caucus Former Members" [as of 2/16/2014].
- Legal Troubles: Emmons was expelled from the Senate for accepting bribes (along with Senators Bunkers, French, and Wright). Following their resignations, Bunkers and Emmons were convicted by juries and sentenced to five years in prison (Emmons at Folsom and Bunkers at San Quentin). French was tried and acquitted. Wright fled to South America as a fugitive for four years after being arraigned and released on $5000 bail; the charges against him were dismissed after his return. Emmons was pardoned by Governor James N. Gillett in June 1910.
- PARDON ME: After his conviction, Emmons was sentenced to prison at San Quentin. However, he successfully petitioned the court that as an Assistant District Attorney, he had sent "a great many hardened criminals to San Quentin and it was feared that they would revenge themselves upon him."
Source: California Blue Book (1903)